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Feds want House committee hearings into elections law overhaul bill done by May 1

Facing a virtual opposition revolt over radical changes to Canada’s federal election law and new provisions that threaten the independence and freedom of the chief electoral officer, the government on Tuesday promised at least a dozen witness hearings on the legislation that could stretch into May.

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Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre. Despite a promise to hear ‘anyone who wants to come’ to speak on Bill C-23, as well as a last-minute agreement to consider opposition demands for public hearings across the country, it appeared later in the day the government was unwilling to give the opposition a stage outside Ottawa to highlight criticism of the measures.

 

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Feds want House committee hearings into elections law overhaul bill done by May 1

Facing a virtual opposition revolt over radical changes to Canada’s federal election law and new provisions that threaten the independence and freedom of the chief electoral officer, the government on Tuesday promised at least a dozen witness hearings on the legislation that could stretch into May.

The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright
Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre. Despite a promise to hear ‘anyone who wants to come’ to speak on Bill C-23, as well as a last-minute agreement to consider opposition demands for public hearings across the country, it appeared later in the day the government was unwilling to give the opposition a stage outside Ottawa to highlight criticism of the measures.

 

  

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
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The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
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PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
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PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
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The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
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CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
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Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.

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